In dominating fashion, Ryan Hunter-Reay returned to Victory Circle after leading 18 laps in Detroit’s Dual 2. On a three-stop strategy, the DHL machine worked its way through the field and capitalized on clean air to gain advantage over competitors.
The race saw only three leaders, including pole sitter Alexander Rossi. Between Hunter-Reay and Rossi, the team led 64 of today’s 70 laps. After leading 46 laps, Rossi found himself in trouble when an issue with the car forced him to the run-off. Rossi limped his way back to the pits on Lap 64 for a quick tire change and eventually saw the checkered flag in 12th.
Marco Andretti and Zach Veach also had competitive cars, but their three-stop strategy left them in traffic and fighting for position.
Leaving Motor City having occupied each step of the podium over two races, the Andretti team looks to build on their championship standings Saturday with 248-laps under the Texas Motor Speedway lights.
|No. 27 RUOFF HOME MORTGAGE HONDA|
“It was a pretty disappointing day considering we led the most laps and started on pole. For sure we didn’t have the pace for Ryan – he was just on another level. So hats off to him and the DHL team, they certainly deserved to win. But the Ruoff Home Mortgage car definitely had a second-place finish in it. Unfortunately, with less than 10 laps to go, our luck changed. We’re not really sure what happened, we’re going to investigate to see if something went wrong because it was a very abnormal issue to have when we hadn’t experienced anything remotely similar all weekend.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!